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National Library of Australia (NLA) – Community Heritage Grants (CHG)


This program aims to identify Australian cultural heritage collections which are publicly accessible, locally held and nationally significant.

Grants of up to $15,000 (including GST) are available.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants include not-for-profit, incorporated organisations that:
- Own or manage a collection of nationally significant material.
- Are accessible to the general public.

Examples of not-for-profit, incorporated organisations which are encouraged to apply are:
- Archives
- Art galleries
- Community groups
- Genealogical societies
- Historical societies
- Indigenous groups
- Migrant community groups
- Museums
- Professional associations
- Religious groups

Other organisations, such as public libraries and independent museums located within universities, may also be eligible to apply.

Eligible Activities

Eligible projects include:
- Collection preservation projects
- Training projects

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of eligible activities.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assesment criteria include:
- Collection preservation projects
a) National significance of the collection
b) Project feasibility
c) Value for money
d) Benefit to the collection
- Training projects
a) Quality and appropriateness of the training proposal
b) Credentials of trainers
c) Value for money

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of the assessment criteria.


The following are ineligible for funding:
- In-house salaries and volunteer labour costs, including per hour project management costs
- Publishing projects
- Exhibition research, interpretation and signage, and design
- Collecting projects
- Oral histories (recording or transcribing)
- Memorials and plaques
- Interpretive signage or heritage trails
- Building works, capital works, repairs and improvements to existing buildings
- Digitisation and microfilming of newspapers or magazines
- Family history research
- Emergency activities
- Activities that are in progress or have been completed
- Private collections
- Labour costs to carry out rehousing
- Software development and website development

Documentation Uploaded
Guidelines 2019-03-06 Download
Recipients 2019-03-06 Download
Grant Deed 2019-03-06 Download

Use these documents as a guide only - always get the latest direct from the Administrator

Status Pending
Start By Date 22 Apr 2019
Closing Date 6 May 2019
Closing Information
This program is available annually. The next funding round is yet to be announced.

Funding Type Grant
Max.Funding $15,000
Co-contribution No
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
Arts : Other
Infrastructure : Heritage
Multicultural : General
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
Applicable to Churches Yes
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier Federal
Attorney-General’s Department
Program Administrator
National Library of Australia (NLA)
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Program Website Visit